Member participation is vital to the success of the Idaho State Bar and Idaho Law Foundation. Lawyers can and do make a difference by participating in one of the many volunteer opportunities available. Time commitments vary with each activity or committee depending upon its function and meeting schedule. Committee assignments are three-year terms. In the selection process, consideration is given to geographic representation, areas of practice, and other committee assignments of ISB/ILF involvement. Both ISB/ILF Committees are selected by their respective Boards in July of each year.
Idaho State Bar Committees
|Advocate Editorial Advisory Board
|Determines the theme, selects and recruits authors for lead articles, and reviews the contents of each issue of The Advocate. Meets on the third Wednesday of each month; subcommittees meet as required; 10-12 members.
|Kenneth C. Shumard
|Bar Exam Preparation
|Reviews questions and analyses for each bar exam and provides feedback to the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Meets twice per year; 3 members.
|Bruce J. Castleton
|Character and Fitness
|Reviews character or fitness issues of applicants for admission. Makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners whether applicants should be admitted, denied or conditionally admitted to the Bar. Meets 5-6 times per year; 7 members (2 non-lawyers).
|Matthew K. Wilde
|Client Assistance Fund
|Reviews claims against Client Assistance Fund for a loss of client funds due to dishonest conduct of lawyer. Makes recommendations to the Board of Commissioners whether claims should be paid. Meets as required; 5 members (2 non-lawyers).
|Bron M. Rammell
|Fee Arbitration Panels
|Reviews matters submitted to fee arbitration by clients disputing fees charged by their lawyer. Panels in various districts formed as needed. If dispute is for $2,500 or less, it is assigned to a one lawyer panel; if dispute is for more than $2,500, it is assigned to a three-member panel including one nonlawyer.
|Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers
|Promotes diversity and inspires the development of leadership within the legal profession. Meets regularly throughout the year; 5 members (1 of which must be a past IALL participant).
|Brenda M. Bauges
|Lawyer Assistance Program
|100% confidential program helps and supports lawyers who are experiencing problems associated with addictive behaviors such as, but not limited to: alcohol, drug use, gambling, mental health issues and/or depression. The program also focuses on educating legal professionals - as well as their family and friends - about alcohol, drug dependency, depression and other mental health problems. Meets quarterly; up to 25 members.
|Jamie C. Shropshire
|Professional Conduct Board
|Exercises general control over attorney discipline. Acts as an "intermediate appellate court." Receives briefs and makes recommendations for disposition to the Idaho Supreme Court. Meets as needed; 3 members (1 non-lawyer).
|James L. Martin
|Reviews accommodations requests of applicants for the bar exam. Makes recommendations for reasonable accommodations to the Board of Commissioners. Meets 2-3 times per year; 3 members (1 non-lawyer).
|Unauthorized Practice of Law
|Receives and reviews complaints about the unauthorized practice of law and makes recommendations for disposition. Meets as needed; 3 members.